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    3 God Is A Spirit Being

    John 4:24.—“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” The words are part of the dialogue between our Saviour and the Samaritan woman. Christ, intending to return from Judea to Galilee, passed through the country of Samaria, a place inhabited not by Jews, but a mixed company o£ several nations, and some remainders of the posterity of Israel, who escaped the captivity, and were returned from Assyria; and being weary with his journey, arrived about the sixth hour or noon (according to the Jews’ reckoning the time of the day), at a well that Jacob had digged, which was of great account among the inhabitants for the antiquity of it, as well as the usefulness of…

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    4 The Spiritual Worship Of God

    John 4:24.—“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” Having thus despatched the first proposition, “God is a Spirit,” it will not be amiss to handle the inference our Saviour makes from that proposition, which is the second observation propounded. Doct. That the worship due from us to God ought to be spiritual, and spiritually performed. Spirit and truth are understood variously. We are to worship God, 1. Not by legal ceremonies. The evangelical administration being called spirit, in opposition to the legal ordinances as carnal; and truth in opposition to them as typical. As the whole Judaical service is called flesh, so the whole evangelical service is called spirit; or spirit may be opposed to…

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    5 The Eternity Of God

    Psalm 90:2.—“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.” The title of this psalm is a prayer; the author, Moses. Some think not only this, but the ten following psalms, were composed by him. The title wherewith he is dignified is, “The man of God,” as also in Deut. 33:1. One inspired by him to be his interpreter, and deliver his oracles; one particularly directed by him; one who as a servant did diligently employ himself in his master’s business, and acted for the glory of God; he was the minister of the Old Testament, and the prophet of the New.

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    6 The Immutability Of God

    Psalm 102:26, 27.—“They shall perish but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old as a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.” This Psalm contains a complaint of a people pressed with a great calamity; some think of the Jewish church in Babylon; others think the Psalmist doth here personate mankind lying under a state of corruption, because he wishes for the coming of the Messiah, to accomplish that redemption promised by God, and needed by them. Indeed the title of the Psalm is “A prayer of the afflicted when he is overwhelmed, and pours out his complaint before the Lord;” whether afflicted with…

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    The Supreme Dominion Of Jehovah

    “There is no wisdom, nor understanding, nor counsel against the Lord.”—Proverbs 21:30 And yet there is in the spirit of opposition to his revealed will. But what availeth the enmity of the heart of man against the sovereignty of the Eternal Jehovah? Can it counteract or render null and void his eternal purposes? Assuredly not! For, “He is wise in hearty and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?” Job 4:4 Men in general relying upon the supposed efficiency of their own free will and moral ability, imagine they are at liberty to govern and direct themselves, and have very imperfect and obscure views of the control of God over the judgment, will, and affections of his creatures. Two remarkable…

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    7 The Holiness Of God

    Exodus 15:11.—“Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?” This verse is one of the loftiest descriptions of the majesty and excellency of God in the whole Scripture. It is a part of Moses’ Επινίχιον, or “triumphant song,” after a great and real, and a typical victory; in the womb of which all the deliverances of the church were couched. It is the first song upon holy record, and it consists of gratulatory and prophetic matter; it casts a look backward to what God did for them in their deliverance from Egypt; and a look forward to what God shall do for the church in future ages. That deliverance was but…